Writing Writing Exercise: Favorites

Hello everyone! It’s that time of the week where I give a suggested writing prompt and you go out there and do it! For this week I decided to do something different. Instead of having a writing prompt that teaches like the world building exercise or character development one, I thought this time around the prompt could be something a bit different.

This weekly, my writing prompt is about YOU, which I guess that means there will be a lesson after all. I’m a pretty firm believer in writing what you know. Despite the fact that my book, A Monstrous Tomorrow, takes place in the future where major cities were wiped off the planet and monsters are terrorizing things, there is plenty of personal knowledge that went into that book.

For example, in order to create this world, I did heavy research into what nuclear fallout would look like, along with finding various animals that fit my setting. It took a lot of time and effort to make sure that things were right and made sense for the setting. And I know what you may be thinking, “but Ty, that’s research, that isn’t something you just know,” which is true, but after you research it, you know it.

Let’s not forget the fact that I also kept my setting in central Illinois. For anyone that hasn’t read my bio, I was born and raised in the same area. So a little bit of a teaser alert, my book is pretty accurate in describing what some people call “not Chicago” looks like.

In addition, some of my biggest passions in terms of genre are both science fiction and horror. I grew up reading and watching as much as I could in the two genres, which reflects in my book as well. This again is something that I knew and wanted to show my readers.

So what does all this bragging have to do with this week’s writing prompt? Well it’s simple: write a story about something that you love. What is something that is your favorite thing in the world? Is it sports? Maybe it’s a certain television series or book series. Maybe it’s a genre of music or musicals. Write me a story showing me what you love.

As always, I will be doing my own take on the writing prompt tomorrow and everyone is welcome to either send me what they wrote and I would be more than happy to read it and critique.

That’s all for today, have a good one and come back tomorrow to see my take on this writing prompt!

Weekly Writing Exercise: Vacation

Hello everybody!

So I’m not sure if anyone has noticed, but I took a bit of a hiatus over the last few days and haven’t blogged recently. The reason for this is the same as the writing prompt for the week! I took a 3 day vacation down to the Gulf Shores to help some friends move and get settled into the area.

So if you can’t guess, this week’s writing prompt is inspired a bit from getting to return to the Gulf of Mexico and enjoying the beach and sea. I also figure that since I want to write about it, most of you should join me!

So this week’s writing prompt is relatively easy. All I’m looking for you to do is simply describe your last vacation to me. It doesn’t have to be every detail of the vacation, heaven knows that could lead to a very long short story or even novella, depending on how much you remember. No, for this one, the idea is to bring a scene from that vacation to life.

With this prompt, it will help to try and bring in some of the practice from the previous ones I’ve given before. Who is the main character of this scene? Is you or somebody that went on vacation with you. What do they look like? What do they smell like? How do they act? Let me and your other readers really know about this trip.

Next, and obviously the most important part of writing a vacation piece, where did you go? Was it to a major city for a weekend or a getaway to a beach? Did you stay in the mountains somewhere, contemplating life or did you go camping instead, traversing with nature and all its beauty? Tell me about where you went!

Finally, make sure this scene has something that you or the person that’s your main character has an activity going on. Did you go swimming or biking? How about hiking or mountain climbing? Did you stay home and sleep all day? What was it about this last vacation that made it unique and special to you?

As always, I will write mine up and share it tomorrow for everyone to see how I handled my own prompt. Don’t forget, you’re more than welcome to comment on the post sharing your own prompt, just let me know! I’d be happy to give any feedback that you may be after.

Enjoy!

Weekly Writing Exercise: World Building

It’s that time of the week again folks! The time where I tell you what to write and you go ahead and do it! As always, I am always open to reading anyone’s prompt, so feel free to share it on one of my many pages. I’ll do my best to respond and give feedback to your work.

Anyway, onwards to this week’s prompt!

If you read yesterday’s writing corner at all, you’ll know that this week is going to focus heavily on world building. Why world building you may ask. Well for one, it’s important to really know the setting that you are going to be working in. As I stated yesterday, the more you know of your world and the mechanics that exist in it, the better the odds are of writing a greater story.

The other reason is simple. I’m struggling with my own setting so having a writing prompt that helps you, also helps me! It’s a win-win.

So this week we really want to focus on building your setting up. So go ahead, tell me a bit about your world! Does it take place here on Earth or does it take place on another planet? Maybe it is on Earth but in a different time period. Maybe it doesn’t even exist in our universe. Get creative and funky with it, tell me where your setting takes place.

While we’re at it, once you know the planet your on, tell me about the continent. Or maybe it’s one giant country. Tell me how the mechanics of your world come together. Then tell me the region your story takes place in. Bring that microscope in closer and show me a city. Or a town. Or hell, maybe it’s even just a home in the country.

Paint me a picture. Let me see the world that your characters in habit.

Don’t forget to tell me about the weather and environment as well. Is it always hot or always cold? Maybe it’s neither. Does it rain a lot or is it always sunny, like in Philadelphia. (See what I did there? It’s a really bad joke.) Is there wind and if so how much, if any? Is the world exotic and would be exotic by our standards or book standards.

When it comes to writing setting, there is so much that you can show a reader. So show me a bit of your world. Write a couple paragraphs that make me feel like I’ve just sat down and have been transported to your world. Make it fun and make it unique!

As always, check back in tomorrow where I’ll throw together my own exotic world for everyone to fall into.

Weekly Writing Exercise: Character Development

Hello one and all! Hope everyone that’s reading this is having a great Tuesday. Mine personally was very productive with cleaning around the house getting done and some writing and editing taking place. However, this post isn’t to talk about me, it’s about to talk about US and the weekly writing prompt I’ve come up with.

So one thing that I find myself sometimes struggling with, and it seems like a lot of people do too, is creating a character. Now just quickly coming up with any old character is easy. Simply pick a name, decide what they look like and what they do, and you have yourself a character. However, creating one that people will like and care about takes a bit more work than that.

To create a good character, one that people will understand and enjoy, there needs to be depth to them. If you don’t know your character as well as you know yourself, how are people supposed to care? Now normally what I tell people that talk writing with me is to make a list of everything they can about the character. Start with the description. What color eyes? What color hair? Any specific features that stand out? Scars? Tattoos? You get the idea.

After that, I recommend that you begin writing things down about the character, mainly there interests. Now I know this is where things can get difficult, as you may not know what they may or may not be interested in. So first take into account your setting and the things that are relevant there. For example, if you’re writing a fantasy novel that has a lot of magic, does that character like magic? Can they use it and if they can, do they like to use it? If you’re writing a modern piece, does that character enjoy sports? What about movies? What’s their favorite? The possibilities for what they may or may not like is endless.

So with all of that in mind, this week’s writing prompt will revolve around creating a character. Now this can be done in a variety of ways. You can make a list, just stating facts and figures about what they look like, the size of their waist, their hair length, etc. Your other option can be to write a scene that gives your reader a picture of what this person looks like. Find a way to create a scene where you can bring this character to life, describing their life and  what they look like.

Once you finish this, I would be more than happy to read it as always. Feel free to comment at the bottom of this post or wherever you read this blog post on social media. If you don’t wish to share as well that’s fine, just make sure you’re writing. Whenever you don’t, you hurt your chances of improving.

So stop reading this and get to work!